Burn, Baby, Burn.
An incendiary mixture of genres and voices, this collection of short stories compiles a unique set of work that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution. From the turbulent days of unionism in the streets of New York City during the Great Depression to a group of old women who meet at their local café to plan a radical act that will change the world forever, these original and once out-of-print stories capture the various ways people rise up to challenge the status quo and change up the relationships of power. Ideal for any fan of noir, science fiction, and revolution and mayhem, this collection includes works from Sara Paretsky, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Summer Brenner.
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Full list of contributors:
֍ Summer Brenner ֍ Cory Doctorow ֍ Rick Dakan ֍ Andrea Gibbons
֍ Barry Graham ֍ John A Imani ֍ Penny Mickelbury ֍ Sara Paretsky
֍ Gary Phillips ֍ Kim Stanley Robinson ֍ Luis Rodriguez
֍ Paco Ignacio Taibo II ֍ Benjamin Whitmer ֍ Ken Wishnia
֍ Michael Moorcock ֍ Michael Skeet ֍ Larry Fondation ֍ Tim Wohlforth
About the Editors:
In addition to PM Press reissuing co-editor Gary Phillips‘ The Jook, his mystery novella The Underbelly, was recently published as part of PM’s Outspoken Authors series. He is also editor and contributor to Orange County Noir, writes a regular column on pop culture on fourstory.org, Donuts at 2 A.M., and is writing two retro spy characters—Operator 5, set in the pulp period of the Great Depression, and super spy Derek Flint in the swinging sixties—for Moonstone Comics.
Andrea Gibbons lives in London, where she is currently studying at the London School of Economics. She is an editor with PM Press, and an associate editor of the progressive journal CITY. She is a closet writer of fiction, in addition to her editing work and non-fiction articles, which have been published in various mediums.
Samples from the Table of Contents:
- “I Love Paree” by Cory Doctorow & Michael Skeet: The story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he’s conscripted into the Communard Army.
- “One Dark Berkeley Night” by Tim Wohlforth: In a story spanning decades, the ambush shooting of a cop one lonely night in Berkley in the ‘70s echoes into the present for several people who have a lot to lose should the truth come out.
- “Orange Alert” by Summer Brenner: A disparate group of elderly women get together at their local café, and plan a radical act the world won’t soon forget.
- “Poster Child” by Sara Paretsky: Is a murder mystery where the sides are archly drawn when an anti-abortion activist is beaten to death near a pro choice fundraiser.
- “Two Days in June” by Rick Dakan: A young internet salesman on his rounds in today’s Berlin is drawn into a clouded past via personal and cyber memories when East Berlin wasn’t just a geographic designation.
- “Piece Work” by Ken Wishnia: Is a story of regular Janes and Joes during the turbulent days of unionism in the streets of Great Depression New York.
- “Murder…Then and Now” by Penny Mickelbury: Is a story of race, secrets and betrayals…where no one is what they seem to be.
- “Nickels and Dimes” by John A Imani: Is a late sixties noir; a hard-bitten tale of ideals lost, found and then lost again…the hard way.
- “Bizco’s Memories” by Paco Ignacio Taibo II: An old friend off-handedly recounts how his obsession with soccer began while he was tortured as a political prisoner in Mexico.
- “The Lunatics” by Kim Stanley Robinson: A story of oppression and struggle deep in the bowels of the baleful Moon.
- “The El Rey Bar” by Andrea Gibbons: L.A.’s future sees a new uprising and walls going up round the ghetto, while the local dive is witness to a very different kind of tragedy.
- “Masai’s Back in Town” by Gary Phillips: Is about a former hope-to-die revolutionary just out of the joint who hasn’t forgotten who his friends are and what his enemies owe him – and he intends to collect at all costs.
Editors: Gary Phillips and Andrea Gibbons
Publisher: PM Press
Published October 2011
Size: 8 by 5.5
Page count: 360 Pages
Subjects: Fiction Anthology